Hannah Lynn is back with an extraordinary tale of the ordinary man and his family. Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin narrates a slice-of-life story about Eric Sibley, his wife Suzy and his daughter Abi. Eric’s life was defined by his hectic career in London, so much so that he was missing out on watching his daughter grow up. The novel itself begins at the point in which Eric is at his father’s solicitor’s office, whose name is Christian Eaves, and being read the last will and testament of his father. When Eric is told that he is to inherit absolutely no money, but only the Aston Martin on the condition of taking consistent care of an allotment of land. Eric is furious. What follows is honestly a story of love, family and taking a breath in order to live in the moment and not watch life pass by.
I had the pleasure to read Hannah Lynn’s previous novel, The Afterlife of Walter Augustus as part of the blog tour and you can read that review here. The Afterlife was an absolutely incredible story and the cast of characters quickly had a grasp upon my heart. Lynn’s ability to weave a depth of emotionality within her characters would have to be one of her strengths as an author and it’s really demonstrated within Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin. At its core, this novel is about family and the ways in which our childhood can affect how we bring up our own children and how we perceive that which is important. It is implied throughout the novel that Eric’s father was not the most openly affectionate person and I believe that Eric never really knew the love his father had for him. Eric’s resentment towards his father is the reason for his initial reluctance and all-around hatred for the conditions his father placed on his ability to keep Sally, the Aston Martin. Yes, the Aston Martin has a name and I love it. Legitimately, if you don’t name your car, who even are you? My car’s name is Bobby if y’all wanted to know.
Without spoiling the overall novel, what follows is Eric realising that he is literally allowing life to slip through his fingers. Tending the allotment of land becomes a family affair and he begins to prioritise his family above his career, which really strengthens his bonds with his wife and his daughter – which was such a beautiful thing to read. Fundamentally, this novel is character-driven, and the character growth of Eric specifically, is entirely transformative and pushes the storyline forward. It is hilarious, raw and written so wonderfully. Eric is written as a man with flaws; in the beginning, he is selfish, whiny and obsessed with money. But something as small as having to care for a plot of land opened up his eyes to the fact that he was actually being kind of an idiot. For me, however, I did find that I began to feel slightly disengaged within the middle of the novel as I felt that it was taking a too long for the story to move forward and I really wanted Eric’s ah-ha moment to happen because he really needed a life and personality change.
I would rate Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin by Hannah Lynn a 4 out of 5 stars. One of the main things I adore about Lynn’s work is the fact that it is universal in the sense that her characters and her stories are relatable to all and have that rawness of reality that can hit you right in the heart.
AND!!!! Hannah Lynn is holding an incredible giveaway for a $50 Amazon voucher or a paperback copy of the Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin! So I highly recommend entering the giveaway, bookish friends! Here is the link:
Be sure to check out the sequel, Peas, Carrots and a Red Feather Boa, out this December! And also ensure that you check out the reviews and blog posts held for the #PeasandCarrots blog tour!
That’s it, my loves. Until next time, happy reading!
Hannah Lynn was born in 1984 and grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she spent ten years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia. It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction. Her first novel, Amendments, was published in 2015, her latest novel, The Afterlife of Walter Augustus, is out July 2018. Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in the Austrian Alps.
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